Set in a 19th-century palace in the central square of Alameda de Hércules in Seville, Patio de la Alameda is a boutique style hotel, reminiscent of Moroccan riads, with rooms & suites off an internal courtyard. Unsurprisingly, given the short(ish) distance from North Africa, the hotel is very Moorish inspired – like much of Seville.
We found this hotel whilst already in Spain, and although it was Easter, did manage to get a booking – and what a find this little gem was! Alameda de Hércules is a pedestrianised square and getting to the hotel initially can be a little challenging – you can see it, but without knowledge of the one way system, it can be difficult to actually get to it. So, top tip – and this would apply probably to any of the hotels in the area – phone them! Within minutes we were met at the secure underground carpark & straight up the stairs into the hotel. As we say, you wouldn’t necessarily know this – you do get directions from the hotel, but a one way system, in a unfamiliar city, on Easter Thursday made deciphering them much more difficult than getting directions over the phone.
The reception area is the only part of the hotel where wi-fi is accessible – like riads, the walls in this former palace, are thick. But, we didn’t find this a problem at all – we had work to do when in Seville, but with large, squishy sofas (and an little office area if you want a bit of privacy), connecting to wi-fi in the public area wasn’t an issue.
The rooms are beautiful – and we say rooms because we actually moved from the first room we were allocated, as we didn’t particularly like the bed. We could easily have put up with it, but after a call to reception, we were taken to another room on the floor above to view & snapped it up. Rooms are large, with beautiful shuttered Moroccan-style windows onto the internal courtyard, and bathrooms – with baths! – are also large enough to feel very comfortable. The joy of a bath when travelling cannot be under-estimated! Complimentary toiletries are a notch up from the usual too.
The hotel is very conveniently located – Alameda de Hércules is perfect for people watching, with lots of very cool bars & restaurants – and the centre of Seville, the iconic cathedral (Santa Maria de la Sede), is no more than a 10 minute walk away. Seville itself is a small city and easily be covered on foot – and if you visit at Easter, this is definitely how you’ll be doing it, as most roads are closed for the Semana Santa processions.
Seville is still not the easiest place to get to from Manchester – if you want to fly direct from the UK, Gatwick is still your best bet, or you’ll be doing a connecting flight. We were in Spain already, having flown into Malaga from Manchester & took out hire car across to Seville from Nerja. An easy drive – and very beautiful – especially if you can factor in the time to stop off in Ronda.